CURIOUS?

If you are curious to find out what a true race vehicle feels like to drive on a world class track, this provides the opportunity to try it, whether you are 5 or 75 years of age.

JOIN US

The Calgary Kart Racing Club’s Try A Kart program will introduce & expose you to karting at minimal cost,  putting you in a race seat, and letting you drive a proper race kart.

START HERE

If you want to race, or start chasing your Formula 1 dream, this is the perfect place to start.

The Try A Kart Experience

How does Try A Kart Work?

BRING YOURSELF

All you need is a pair of running shoes & enthusiasm; the CKRC provides the rest: kart, helmet, race suit, rib vest, gloves & instruction.

CLASSROOM

You will spend the 1st hour in the classroom learning about karts, the track, driving technique and the flags used on the track. You will then be on track for 3 ten-minute sessions.

ON TRACK

The 1st two sessions will have you learning the lines behind a lead/follow driver. If you have mastered the skills necessary, you will be let loose for the 3rd session, allowing you to explore your driving talents.

Try A Kart Groups

Kid Kart

ages 5-7

$85

  • Class at 9:00 am

Cadet Kart

ages 8-11

$105

  • Class at 9:00/10:30/12:30

Junior

ages 11-15

$105

  • Class at 9:00/10:30/12:30

Senior

ages 15+

$105

  • Class at 9:00/10:30/12:30/2:30

Sign Up for a Try A Kart Session

2018 Scheduled Dates

Sign up for a Try A Kart session here. The Calgary Kart Racing Club uses MotorsportReg.com (MSR) to handle scheduling and availability of sessions. MSR also provides Try A Kart with payment collection services. Click below to open the registration page for the session that will get you started in karting.

Availability (updated May 25, 2018)

Kid Kart: 0    Cadet: 4    Junior: 6    Senior: 11

Kid Kart: 0    Cadet: 5    Junior: 10    Senior: 9

Kid Kart: 0    Cadet: 6    Junior: 11    Senior: 9

Kid Kart: 2    Cadet: 12    Junior: 12    Senior: 40

Kid Kart: 0    Cadet: 10    Junior: 12    Senior: 39

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does each session last?

We ask people to allocate 3 hours of their time to complete the program.

Most sessions only require 2 hours to complete, but due to weather & mechanical complications, we suggest you ensure that you have adequate time to enjoy your experience.

When do we need to be at the track?

Please arrive at the track 15 minutes prior to your event, so that you can sign in.

Once signed in, all drivers except Kid Karters (5-7 years old) will go to the classroom.

Kid Karters will immediately head to the fitting area to get fitted for their gear.

What do I need to bring to the track?

All you need is a pair of running shoes and enthusiasm.

The club provides the rest: Kart, helmet, race suit, rib vest, gloves and instruction.

Is there an age limit for the Try A Kart program?

Yes, our youngest drivers must be 5 years of age to participate. A birth certificate will be necessary to ensure this. Our oldest Try A Kart participant was 85 years old and wanted to see what her grandson was so excited about.

What if it rains?

In the event of a rain cancellation, you will receive an email on the morning of your event indicating how to proceed. We will run the program even if the weather looks questionable. The weather in Strathmore can be completely different from what is happening in Calgary.

If it is not a torrential rain storm or thunder storm, the event will be a GO!

Should we bring refreshments?

YES!

If it’s a hot day, dehydration can come into play, so please ensure that you have a supply or drinking water and/or drinks like Gatorade. The club does not offer any food or drink on Try A Kart days.

What Karts/Engines do you run?

The club runs the same engines that we race, the Briggs & Stratton LO206 4-stroke karting engine. We have karts of various design & sizes to accommodate all sizes & shapes of drivers.

Junior karts may be fitted with a Honda engine of similar capacity & output. We are in the process of moving to the Briggs engine throughout all the classes, but that is a work in progress.

Is karting dangerous?

Like any sport, karting has an element of danger, but most people only experience sore muscles, after their Try A Kart experience, as karting is a physically demanding sport.

What happens if I crash my kart?

We have marshals around the track to ensure that if a driver goes off track, that the kart is still driveable, and it is safe to rejoin the track. If you damage a kart by perceived recklessness, you will be responsible for the cost of the repair. This seldom occurs, but you need to be aware that these are not bumper-karts, and that the onus is on the driver to drive in a reasonable and prudent manner.

Can I wear my own gear?

Absolutely! If you already have your own gear, you are most welcome to use it, as you know it fits, and you don’t have to share it with others. It must meet the minimum requirements.

Can I drive my own kart?

You are welcome to drive your own kart providing that it meets all of the following criteria:

  • It must be a Briggs & Stratton LO206 engine with the appropriate carb slide for the class.
  • It must be mechanically fit to drive. The Try A Kart mechanics will have the final say here.
Can I try a Rotax Kart?

No.  We have found that the 4-stroke engine is the perfect engine for learning to drive on our track. It is more kart than most rookie drivers can handle. We do not want to mix different engines/speeds during the Try A Kart program.

If you already have a kart and all the gear, you can join our club drivers on one of the Tuesday or Thursday Test & Tune evenings. The cost to do this will be $40 for the evening, no membership required.

How old do children have to be before they can race?

Children can join the Kid Kart program at age 5, but cannot actually race until the year that they turn 8. At that time, they’ll compete in the Cadet class.

Can I rent a kart after doing Try A Kart?

No. The CKRC does not rent karts.

What if I don’t want to race?

The club hosts Test & Tune evenings every Tuesday & Thursday evening with a dedicated marshal. Many people never race but put in hundreds of laps this way. This is included in the club membership. Non-members that have access to a kart can attend for a $40 drop in fee.

Is Try A Kart a race school?

No it is not. It simply provides you the opportunity & instruction to learn to drive a properly set up race kart on a world class circuit. The purpose is to allow the general public the chance to get behind the wheel and see if karting might be a sport that they are interested in getting involved with.

How much does it cost to join the club?

Club membership costs $300 for a Kid Kart membership for those aged 5 to 7 years.

All other classes cost $400, which entitles members to voting privileges, as well as access to the track whenever it is available. This includes Test & Tune evenings.

There is also a volunteer bond that needs to be posted and is worked off by doing volunteer activities at the track.

How much does it cost to Race?

The race day fee for Junior drivers is $85, and $100 for Seniors.

It requires a full day and has practice & qualifying sessions in the morning.

The afternoon has 2 races, a PreFinal & a Final. Points are awarded for finishing positions and go towards the club championship.

What kind of budget should I have for my first year?

A good used kart will range from $2,000 to $3,500. A used kart ‘may’ come with the following pieces that are required to race:

  • Kart Stand
  • Mychron or Alfano datalogger
  • Transponder

The following gear will also be necessary. These can be purchased new or used, from our local dealers, or from the internet.

  • Helmet Snell 2015 or newer - $100+
  • Race suit - $100+ from eBay
  • High top running shoes or race shoes - $50+
  • Rib Vest - $50 from the local lacrosse store in Calgary
  • Race gloves $75
Do you have suggestions about where to buy karting equipment?

Many people purchase their karts from one of the local dealers.

Purchasing a used kart from an existing club member is another great idea, as they will most likely be around the track to help you out when you first get started.

Beware purchasing a kart from Kijiji, unless you know the history. It might have the wrong engine, might be bent. It’s like mystery meat; you never know where it came from or how it was treated.

How do I get my kart to the track?

This is a common question, that has lots of options.

The bed of a pickup truck will hold most karts.

A used old minivan makes a great transport vehicle.

A kart can be put on top of a car or SUV.

Trailers of various shapes & sizes are also used for transporting a kart to the track.

Where can I keep my kart?

Many members store the karts in trailers and leave them at the track.

The club also rents sea-cans which can hold numerous karts.